Yoga festivals have been cropping up all over the world to celebrate high-vibe music, conscious community, and the many amazing forms and lineages of yoga that inspire us to breathe and move more freely. Whether you identify as a yogi(ni) or are looking for a vacation that inspires more consciousness than poolside cocktails can promise, make 2018 the year you spend a weekend (or a whole week) connecting with yourself, your practice, and a whole new community of like-minded souls. Here are some of 2018's best Yoga Festivals you might want to attend!
Love Yoga Fest, Cape Cod, MA
September 21-23, 2018
This gem of a festival combines the gorgeous coastline of Cape Cod with an intimate, beach-side lineup of amazing teachers and varied classes. Educate yourself on approaches to wellness, try something new like AcroYoga or Buti Yoga, and spend time building community around the fire at sunset. Since the festival is small, classes do tend to fill fast so register ahead of time!
Telluride Yoga Festival, Telluride, CO
July 19-22, 2018
Telluride is known for its breathtaking views and world-class skiing in the winter. But in the summer? Telluride finds its streets filled with yogis for four days of world-class teachers, getting to your next class via gondola, and alpine meadows full of flowers and sunshine. Lodging is available in Telluride and in Mountain Village, so plan to take advantage of all this little town has to offer for some serious R&R.
Northwest Yoga Feast, Sagle, ID
July 20-22, 2018
Yes, that says “Feast”. This festival in Idaho’s panhandle (you probably haven’t been THERE yet right?) is one big serving of yoga and music, and another of amazing vegetarian cuisine. Part of this festival’s mission is to nourish the body both from the outside, through practice, and from the inside with culinary delights. You’ll surely be filled up by the end of this weekend!
Bhakti Fest West, Joshua Tree, CA
September 12-17, 2018
One of the longest yoga festivals on our list, Bhakti Fest is housed at the gorgeous Joshua Tree Retreat Center and holds a big emphasis on celebrating the devotional aspect of yoga through kirtan and mantra, yoga, and meditation. The festival is designated as drug and alcohol-free, and in its tenth year running, it is an event that attracts big names, big crowds, and an incredibly high vibration.
Barcelona Yoga Conference, Barcelona, Spain
July 19-23, 2018
One of Europe’s largest and longest-running yoga festivals, you’ll bask in the vibes of Spain’s hippest metropolis,a community of global yogis, and world-class teachers. This festival boasts a lot of acroyoga and Thai massage, so get ready to stretch in new and different ways.
The Groove Gathering, Hamburg, Germany
October 5-7, 2018
This festival has already taken a tour through Ontario this year, but it will hold its “urban edition” in Hamburg in the fall -- meaning you can go to this festival and a few others without scheduling conflicts. Started in 2014, the Groove Festival celebrates movement, music, yoga, and art in intimate gatherings around the world. This includes countries like Croatia, India, and Köln, Germany. This year, Hamburg will be the backdrop for this festival of connection.
Wanderlust Festivals, Multiple Locations
With locations across the continental U.S., Hawaii, and Canada, Wanderlust has become one of the biggest names in yoga festivals in North America. You’ll find a well-organized event with oodles of volunteers to help you out at every turn. Class styles range from Yin and Restorative Yoga up to handstand workshops and slackline yoga. Evenings will find you dancing to amazing musicians, hanging around the fire, or staring up at the stars in a stunning landscape. A number of 2018’s festivals have already happened, but you still have time to make it to Squaw Valley in California, Whistler in British Columbia, and Tremblant in Quebec.